Monthly Meeting and Demonstration
NOVEMBER 16, 2022 (Wednesday)
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 PM
NOVEMBER 22, 2021 (Tuesday)
9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M
Demo: Patrice Devirgilis - Oil Abstract
I paint most everything with a level of confidence, owing to my early years of classical study at the Art Students League, NYC and with master artists Charles Reid, Daniel Green and Wolf Kahn. I have been described as an intuitive painter, drawn to the natural world, especially to water themes. I don’t always portray my subject as one would expect, preferring instead to interpret what I see. I generally don’t care to follow rules for making art. But I believe in learning the rules before altering them. I’ve come to realize that I now yearn for a stronger degree of abstraction in my process, where color and light are key. My paintings have been shown in numerous juried shows and galleries and are found in private and corporate collections. For a time, I was an interior decorative mural artist. I designed and painted furniture items, which have been showcased in specialty boutiques, fine craft shows, golf, equine events and other upscale venues. I hold a BFA from Marywood University, having received the Award for Excellence in art. My study continued at the Parsons School of Design and in Florence and Rome, Italy. Along with my passion for painting is my love of teaching, which spans many decades to include studio classes at the University of Scranton. In my home town of Clarks Summit, PA, I was the founder of an art school for gifted children. At present I am a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and an elected artist member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC. I regularly exhibit at Yellow Springs, the Academy of Notre Dame De Namur and the Phillips Mill annual art shows. Currently I am a teaching and exhibiting member of the Painter's Alliance of Southeastern PA and the Plein Air Instructor at the New Hope Historical Society in Bucks County. Most recently I’ve been invited to be represented by the Agora Gallery in NYC.
Facebook: Patrice Devirdilis
PAINTING WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE
Discussion and demonstration of my objectives, materials and process for intuitive and imaginative painting.
REACHING BEYOND YOUR SUBJECT MATTER
Focus on using your imagination and intuition! Explore the many functions of color. Subject matter may be simple still life material (provided by student) OR good photo reference/ipad/tablet (no smart phones) OR 8x10 hard copy as a photo reference.
Your usual painting materials to include assorted brushes, palette knives + table covering + portable floor or tabletop easel + soft rags + paper towels + trash bag + few hardboard gessoed panels 11x14 or larger preferred to stretched canvas + sketch tablet + stick charcoal or (pastel pieces: earth tones). Optional: still life materials: kitchen, garden, etc. Keep it simple!